WMID-08D435: Roman to Post Medieval: Spindle Whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WMID-08D435

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A complete cast lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl, of Roman to Post Medieval dating (1 - 1650 AD).

The spindle whorl is sub circular in plan, and lentoid in cross section. Both the upper and lower faces have a cast rim along the edge (approx 4.5mm thick), with a similar rim around the inner edge. both the upper and lower faces have been decorated with alternating diagonal ribs. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast / set slightly off centre.

The whorl measures 31.4mm in length, 28.87mm wide and is 10.96mm thick. It weighs 41.5 grams.

The whorl is of a light to mid grey colour, with signs of abrasion damaging the patina.

Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time, however lead alloy spindle whorls of this type are normally attributed to the Medieval period (c. 1100 to 1450 AD). The weight of the spindle whorl is suggestive of a thick linen or wool fibre being spun, as there is a direct relationship between the weight of the whorl and the thickness of the resulting thread. Fine threads such as silk require a lighter whorl than those used to spun wool or linen.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.4 mm
Width: 28.87 mm
Thickness: 10.96 mm
Weight: 41.5 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Dr Tom Brindle
Secondary identifier: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Lapley, Stretton and Wheaton Aston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8712
Four figure Latitude: 52.70550993
Four figure longitude: -2.19383592
1:25K map: SJ8712
1:10K map: SJ81SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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